- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; First Edition edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476785597
- ISBN-13: 978-1476785592
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,622 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages and shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.” Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles. A ten-episode TV series based on You will premiere on Lifetime Network in 2018.
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Other readers have written better and more detailed reviews of this book than my own, and they've included plot specifics, which I haven't touched upon. They've also called the book "creepy" and I suppose it is. But when they say it is slanted for the young twenty-ish readers, I have to say that this grandmother (me) really LOVED this book. According to the top of my page, I "purchased this book on 11/17/2014," and here it is, two days later on the 19th and I'm writing a review, so I'd have say this is a fast and engrossing read. And the BEST news came at the end: There is a sequel called "LOVE" coming out next year, Fall 2015.
Joe is just a normal guy living a normal life in NY. He is the epitome of an "average Joe" , but with better looks ;)
He works at and bookstore and is obviously very well read. He never graduated from college so that apparently puts him behind his peers. But what he lacks in an education he makes up for in his inner dialogue. He is witty and smart and knows his way around just about anything. Including finagling his way into Beck's life, which isn't easy with all the outside sources (her friends and somewhat boyfriend).
The side characters were just as important as the main characters and the tone of the story is what kept me coming back for more. It's not crazy slash 'em 80's horror. It's a psychological thriller that makes you think. That makes you look at the inner part of everyone's thought process and what they do with their life. The difference is, that Joe thinks what he does is bettering the world. Almost like Dexter in some ways. He rids the world of people that dirty those around them.
But "reading" this book by audio was completely different than turning the pages. Santino Fontana just nailed his performance of Joe. The way he captured Joe as normal yet with a huge side of crazy was perfection. He was the guy you could count on and think nothing of it. He wasn't crazy, he wasn't psychotic. He was Just Joe. But Santino has a way of reading into each character and making you believe he IS Joe.
Fantastic job to him and to Ms Kepnes for making us believe that all is normal in NY. :) Can't wait for more!
The first half of this book is tedious, almost to the point of wanting to stop reading. But the second half picks up and makes this a worthwhile read. The ending was predictable, with a slight twist that made it satisfying.
Since the main character works in a bookstore, there are several references to various well-known novels, as one might expect. This is a bit overdone, in my opinion, and felt more like the author trying to impress with her literary knowledge.
What this novel lacked, was the tension or edge of your seat page turning that makes for a great mystery/suspense novel. The “praises” this book has received made my expectation high, only to find, it does not deliver.
This one gets three stars, as it is an okay read, just not a great one.
Caroline writes this book in a way, where Joe is the most relatable chatachter. Not just because we get to read things from his POV, but because everyone else is just bitchy enough for us to justify Joe's behavior. And that's even after he kills few people. You still defend him.
Now back to the writing style. Not only do we get Joe's POV, we get to see his thoughts. What makes this book so special, and Caroline so freaking epic is that you spend the whole book inside of Joe's head. That's why you identify with him so much and why you understand his actions and behavior. You are Joe. You aren't just reading about an obsesive stalker, you ARE the obsesive stalker. And the best part about this book????? There's another one, & I for one can't wait to excuse my obsesive stalkery behavior....so bevare of good natured clerks....you never know what may be hidden underneath